I haven't been back to this forum in a long time but i'm hoping I can get some advice on what to do or if I can do anything to save lives. I use to work at this barn, and I still have a friend who I get daily updates who works at the barn. And I just can't stand hearing about more healthy horses being put down or are about to be put down because they are old, or have minor problems.
There have been 13 that I can remember for sure, that have been put down. Some needed it and others were so neglected that, the owner just decided to put them down rather then re-homing them. I know there have been more horses that have been put down I just can't remember.
This is what is happening. The BO goes out and gets new horses, then the old ones (that have been there a while, not exactly age) that have been there sitting and just getting grumpy or stiff or lame from not being given proper care get put down. Then the cycle repeats its self. For example, this was the first horse that was put down rather then trying to find a proper home. There was a Shetland cross who needed drier climate and off grass because of his founder, the farrier even said he would do great in Eastern Wa, where its really dry. But months later, no effort was put to finding him a home so he was put down.
2 horses were put down, that were healthy. Just needed to be worked. One was getting grumpy, this horse was about 24ish and NEEDED a job,some back pain but it wasn't enough to be a big issue. The other horse was over weight and was having lameness in one leg, the BO even said that she would be fine if she was being worked and lost some weight. No, real effort to find them homes.
Now, there is another horse who is on the chopping block. He is older but in great shape and is her kids horse. The BO just got new horses and is now talking about putting the older horse down. He's been at the barn about 6 months.
This is just going to be an insane viscous cycle. I really think the BO gets joy from this. To hear the BO talk about the way they die (shot) and buried in mass graves with hooves sticking out, its all a laughing matter to the BO.
This doesn't even cover the condition of the barn. There is a great horse rescue that I want to contact but i'm just not sure if this is "wrong". I feel its wrong because they could be given to great homes. But I just don't know what normally happens at boarding stables. 2 out of the 13 horses were not hers. That's still a lot of horses she has shot in the last couple of years.
What do you think? What would you do? Is this the norm or is this as insane as I think it is?